The views outside my house windows have turned green. And yellow. Lots of yellow, in fact.
If there ever was a perfect mixing color in the ornamental garden other than green, it is yellow.
Tell me a color that clashes with it? It's like the sun. It brightens every landscape and gives the garden energy.
Well, spring has a thing for yellow which can easily be spotted peering over at the nodding Texas Gold Columbine, Aquilegia chrysantha hinckleyana 'Texas Gold', which dances in the light breezes beneath my kitchen window. My one year old Jerusalem Sage, Phlomis fruticosa, is starting to look like a real little shrub as it fills out into it's velvet oval shape producing golden clusters of flowers along its upward reaching stems.
The Bulbines, bulbine frutescens, are blooming as well. I happen to have the orange variety, so no pictures to go along with the amarillo rant. But the yellows are so soothing with their soft clear yellow wands reaching up to the flittering butterflies.
And then there's green exploding from every leaf in the garden, whether ornamental or vegetable. All of the shrubs have a new coat of tender shoots like a happy Chia Pet. I wanted to feature one of my favorite shrubs, the Yaupon Holly 'Will Fleming' that is a cultivar of the native yaupon holly, only this one is tall and thin and can be used like an exclamation point in the garden and in those narrow spaces where nothing else quite works. It grows to 12-15' in time and only about 2+ feet wide, although my one-year-old is only about 6' tall.
The vegetable garden grows while you watch. Those tomatoes are going to town! They seem to be doing really well with the "Tomatoes Alive" (from Gardens Alive) tomato booster organic feed that I planted in each hole. We're still harvesting salad although it's days are numbered with the climbing temperatures turning the greens bitter and speeding up the bolting process. But then we'll move on to the beans, tomatoes, okra and corn. Yes, I planted corn in this tiny garden. It should make a comical photograph, this 6 foot tall grass busting out between too many tomatoes and beans. I just wanted to have it all! Well, it'll be an experiment to be sure.